Skills card fraud comes under the spotlight
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) have announced that they will be working together to analyse how widespread the issue of card fraud is in the UK.
The process will start with an industry-wide survey aimed at assessing card scheme fraud and how thorough card checking procedures are on sites up and down the UK. The survey will look into what sort of checks contractors are making, how cards are checked and how/if this information is then verified.
Fraudulent use of cards was recently highlighted by the National Crime Agency’s prosecution of an organised gang dealing in false identity documentation, which included a number of construction industry certification cards.
CITB head of product management Braden Connolly said: “It is essential that steps are taken to stamp out the fraudsters. CITB continues to share intelligence and work with the authorities wherever the evidence suggests criminal activity is taking place.
“The survey will help us better understand the scale of the problem and assist us in tackling it. We hope it will also raise awareness of card fraud and encourage industry to carry out thorough card checks and to report suspect cards to CITB.”
CSCS chief executive Graham Wren added: “Unless people use consistent and accurate methods of checking cards to certificate workers’ training and qualifications, the schemes cannot fulfil the roles they were designed for. The smart technology within CSCS cards is a simple and cost-effective way to do this, and we are keen to find out more about how it is being utilised on sites across the UK.”